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The Region 5 Community Connector 

Newsletter Promoting activities, information, and news to the membership

October 2022

 Membership Contacts:

Hunter J Boudreaux – East Area Chair

Maciej J Zawodniok– North Area Chair

Christopher B Sanderson– South Area Chair

Faye Kann– West Area Chair

R5 EXCOM Roster can be viewed here:  https://rosters.ieee.org/home.html

 R5 EXCOM Meetings

 2023 Audit Committee

Congratulations, the N&A Committee has approved the following slate to serve as the Region 5 Auditors during 2023.  You will be contacted by 2023 Audit Chair, Bill Wylie, later in the year as he prepares you for 2023.

  1. Treasurer: Paul Cassingham.
  2. Audit Committee Chair, 4th Year:  William Wylie (North) Billwylie@ieee.org
  3. Audit Committee, 3rd Year: Silke Spiesshoefer (East) Silke_Spiesshoefer@ieee.org
  4. Audit Committee, 2nd Year: Ernest X Njouondo (South) njouondo@ieee.org
  5. Audit Committee, 1st Year: Patterson, Tristan Hunter (West) tristanpatterson10@hotmail.com

POC: Director Bob Becnel bob.becnel@ieee.org

 Calling for Region 5 Director Candidates

Calling for Region 5 Director Candidates If you are a Senior IEEE member (or above) of the Central Texas, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston Bay, Houston, or Lone Star Sections you have the opportunity to run For Region 5 Director in the 2023 election. This is a chance for you to get deeply involved with the full scope of the IEEE, including representing Region 5 at worldwide meetings, interacting with hundreds of similarly dedicated members and influencing change in the organization.

This is a unique opportunity to serve as Director-elect in 2024, then become Region 5 Director in 2026.  Over the next month, the Nominations Committee is simply looking for expressions of interest.

Please contact the Chair of the Nominations Committee (jim.look@ieee.org) if you wish to be considered as a potential candidate or if you have questions. Nominate yourself or another qualified volunteer now!

 Membership Development


IEEE Day 2022 – Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow Tuesday, October 4 is IEEE Day.  IEEE Day celebrates the first time in history when IEEE members gathered worldwide to share their technical ideas in 1884. There are many activities worldwide celebrating the day and the week.  This year many of the activities are being held virtually and are available for anyone to attend. Check out the IEEE Day website to see ALL the offers.
Renew your IEEE Members TODAY Renew your IEEE Membership TODAY to continue developing your career, accessing essential networking opportunities, and receiving other exclusive IEEE benefits.  Renew early and you will be entered to win prizes. www.ieee.org/renew
Not an IEEE Member Join IEEE today and get 15 months of membership for the price of 12.  That’s right signup today and renewals will be deferred till 2023.  Checkout the updated benefits of being an IEEE member at www.ieee.org/membership
Special OFFER on and around IEEE DAY.  SAVE $30 off your professional membership if you join IEEE.  See more information for IEEE Day at: https://ieeeday.org/special-offers/ IEEE Member Discounts – Have you see what’s available now? IEEE members can access more savings in more places for home and office including group discounts on insurance, travel, home/office and technology needs. While you focus on your career, we’ll take care of saving you money. See vendor details for terms, conditions and availability. Visit the Member Discounts page at www.ieee.org/discounts  to discover this added perk of IEEE Membership. Joe Redfield R5 Membership Development Chair J.Redfield@ieee.org  

R5 Conferences, Webinars and Professional Activities

 R5 Conferences and Webinars

  • The IEEE MetroCon 2022 (November 3, 2022) IEEE Fort Worth Section Annual Technical conference, returning to in person at Hurst Conference Center, http://www.metrocon.org/  MetroCon 2022 includes nine parallel and strong tracks! Attendees will have the opportunity to rapidly grasp the technical and         societal implications of some of the most promising and innovative new developments and ideas. Exciting Track Offerings – Internet of Things – Software and Systems Engineering – Developing and Deploying Secure Systems – Power & Energy Systems – Quantum Computing and Artificial Intelligence – Biotechnologies – Financial Management and Future Tools – Autonomous and Vehicle Systems – Photonics Contact Diane Bowen Collier for additional information dbcollier@ieee.org.
  • The IEEE Panhandle Section Fall 2022 Professional Development Seminar and 75th Anniversary (Thursday October 27, 2022). Seminar will be hosted in a hybrid fashion to give everyone the option to attend virtually or in-person. For the in-person attendees, the seminar will be held in Amarillo College’s West Campus Lecture Hall – 6222 SW 9th Ave., Amarillo, Texas 79106. In celebration of the IEEE section’s 75th Anniversary a tumblers gift will be provided to IEEE members who attend in person.

        CEU certificate:
           – CEU’s will be emailed to everyone (Both in-person and virtual attendee’s) after the seminar by Amarillo College
          – Both in-person and virtual attendee’s must register and pay for this seminar online using Vtools. No mail in registrations

        Vtools registration link: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/323951 All attendees must register at Vtools to receive a CEU certificate.
  • Central Texas Section (EEE Power & Energy, Power Electronic, Industrial Application Industrial Electronic & Product Safety Engineering Societies Austin Joint Chapter (PI)²) is hosting National Electrical Code (NEC ) 2023 Changes Workshop (Wednesday, October 26th & Thursday, October 27th, 2022) at Scottish Rite Theatre 207 W. 18th St. Austin, TX

         Workshop Details:
         Instructor: Thomas A. Domitrovich
         This two-day workshop will take a deep dive into changes to the NEC 2023.
         The primary focus will be on major areas of the power distribution systems which are affected by the latest changes and 
         not on the typical Article by Article, Section by Section method. Examples will be worked through as a class to understand
         how these NEC changes apply to how power distribution systems are engineered.

         This Workshop is intended for Electrical Designers, Estimators, Field Engineers, and is highly recommended as a review 
         supplement for those preparing to take the Electrical P.E. exam. In addition, there will be exhibits by industry manufacturers 
         and suppliers.

         Breakfast tacos, beverages, and break refreshments will be served. Attendee will be provided with a copy of 
         2023 NEC (Spiral bound). 
         Drawing prizes to be offered include 3 AEMC model 601 clamp-on Meters.

         Registration and payment for this workshop must be completed at https://events.vtools.ieee.org/tego_/event/manage/318401
         Workshop POC James Mercier at jmercier@ieee.org.  

Region 5 Annual 2023 Student Competitions

  • The 2023 IEEE Region 5 Annual Student Competitions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center in Aurora, Colorado on April 22, 2023. These competitions are open to all undergraduate IEEE student members who are attending a school in Region 5. Space is limited for some competitions and is given on a first come first serve basis. Interested teams should submit their ‘Intent to Submit’ forms as soon as possible. Student Competition Discord server: https://discord.gg/meG8Qku6RD For more information, please visit: https://r5conferences.org/student-activities

         Please direct any questions you may have to the region 5 student representative, jaiden or the student activities 
         chair, Amardeep.   Jaiden Strong  rsr@ieeer5.org, Amardeep Kaur   student_activities@ieeer5.org

Professional Activities

  • Region 5 makes funds available for the support of professional activities in IEEE R5 Sections, Chapters, and Student Branches. The funds are managed and distributed through the Region. To obtain funding, a Section, Chapter, or Student Branch must complete a Project Plan and Financing Request form, obtain supporting signatures, and file the form with the Region 5 PACE Coordinator. For R5 PACE Form (includes program details) and project ideas, https://r5.ieee.org/member-opportunities/professional-activities-pace/.


R5 Sections and Formation Date


   Section  Date
 1 Arkansas River Valley June 20, 1994
 2 Arkansas April 23, 1947
 3 Baton Rouge February 5, 1955
 4 Beaumont June 27, 1945
 5 Central Texas May 23, 1930
 6 Corpus Christi October 25, 1951
 7 Dallas March 18, 1928
 8 Denver May 18, 1915
 9 El Paso March 7, 1940
10 Fort Worth January 5, 1956
11 Galveston Bay January 1, 1980
12 High Plains February 13, 2010
13 Houston August 7, 1928
14 Kansas City April 4, 1916
15 Lafayette November 11, 1970
16 Lone Star November 23, 2019
17 New Orleans December 8, 1933
18 Oklahoma City February 16, 1922
19 Ozark April 20, 1966
20 Panhandle  June 12, 1947
21 Pikes Peak May 22, 1978
22 Saint Louis January 14, 1903
23 Shreveport January 14, 1903
24 South Plains May 4, 1955
25 Southwest Missouri February 14, 2009
26 Tulsa October 1, 1937
27 Wichita September 16, 1937



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